Chakra Bleu is a renowned producer, songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist. She is known for pushing boundaries with a bold yet inviting perspective. She brands her style simply ‘American Music,’ since it includes (Pop/Rock; Country; R&B; Reggae). Her latest release, 'Our Own Paradise" is a summer sizzler with a festive vibe. Chakra Bleu’s 8th album includes an amalgamation of Island-Reggae, R&B and Pop-Rock that will bring you to a Caribbean beach sipping a long awaited pina colada.
Chakra Blue's prestigious career has landed her many accolades:
7th CD ‘ALL OF ME’ charted with the title single landing at #1 on Top 40 holding for five weeks! That’s not all - yes and then #7 on Top 100!
The second single, ’The Shadow’ went to #4 on (NMW) Top 40.
Top 40 Country Main & Indie Charts with Weathered the Storm (#8)
She Walks Alone (#17); Top 40 Main Charts with ‘Sabotage‘ scoring TOP DEBUT single & charting (#8);
Anyday Now’ charting at (#10) for three weeks, as well as(#4) on Top 30 Indie Charts!
‘Addicted To You’, on Americana Charts,and also making the Spotlight on Cashbox Magazine.
Chakra Bleu’s fifth album single from YOU’RE THE ONE, ‘When I Hold Your Hand’ charged AAA and Americana airwaves, charting #5 on STS Top 30 Indie Chart and #27 on STS Top 40 Main Chart!
Her prior single, ‘Hopelessly In Love’ from the Seize the Day album, scored big as well, making it to #16 on the national A/C chart.
In addition, she has received airplay on Top 40, A/C, Country, AAA, Americana radio in the USA as well as Europe. She has been the Spotlight artist at The Bluebird Cafe and BMI Showcases; playing top listening venues in Nashville/Music City USA, as well as being granted the ‘Arena award Feb.1999. This prestigious honor has been granted to few other acts such as Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Jo Dee Messina, etc. who have contributed an inspiring presence in their community.
“Chakra Bleu is - hands down-one of the most original and distinctive Pop/Rock/Americana artists ever to grace the underground Nashville music scene. Inspired by everything from the styling of bands like Heart and the Cowboy Junkies, to transcendent New Age thought, she has forged, over the past decade, some of the most uplifting, eclectic, thought-provoking, and empowering music ever created in Music City,USA.” -Dave Carew for Nashville Underground
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I started playing guitar at first grade. Gradually, playing music through church, brought me out of my shell, and really helped me get in front of people, without trying to perform as such. I didn't have any family influence or other big musical influence in my life. It just was there brewing in me all along... I never stopped playing guitar through grade school. My guitar became my trusted friend, so to speak. And then voila, without trying, words started to form from emotions, and chords followed in an organised fashion without knowing how to write a song, and yet that's what happened when I turned 14; somewhere at about 8th grade, and I only became more and more INTO perfecting the skill of becoming a better singer/songwriter from then on. I delved into jazz (bass and vocal performance in high school); taught myself bass and piano while continuing to write songs; then majored in music, etc. in college and then it was time to take myself to MUSIC CITY USA, and learn to write with the Big Dogs. Lol.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I had run into an old high school friend, a couple years ago, when I was in the Northwest to play a gig. She was told about the gig from another one of my old school buddies, who happened to mention what my 'stage name' was, unbeknownst to her. All she knew was that she recognized the name from her students who were closely following this artist 'Chakra Bleu' through iHeart radio. Then she found out that it was her former classmate. ( I was grateful that her high school students were into my music) Yeah, making a living from music sales is important to me, yet more than that: it is MOST important that my music brings JOY to ones heart and mind. Put repeat signs around that!
What has been the high point of your music path?
I have been honored to be the Showcase Artist for BMI Nashville, as well as the showcase artist for the Bluebird Cafe on a couple occasions. I have also shook my head in amazement when I've seen several of my songs reach top 10 in the pop and country charts, as well as reaching #1 on Indie Charts.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It's a trip worth visiting my blog! Currently I'm blogging about my 9th album. Start with PART 1 www.chakrableu.com/blog
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Get paid more for micro streaming cents!
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
That's a tough question! I have so many artists I can name. I'll start with Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. She's been one of many influences. She's a solid rhythm guitarist and a cool Vibing Artist. I like the way she unintentionally exudes Americana before American was there...what I mean is that she has pop, rock, country mixed in her songs with that British overtone from her European influence as well. I'd also like to share the stage with greats as Annie Lennox,Emmylou Harris, Roseanne Cash, Delbert McClinton, Stevie Nicks, Lacy J Dalton, Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker, Sting, Keb'Mo' and more...
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
My rehearsals are quite organised. I have a set list for the players. I then play the song by myself so they can hear it guitar/vocal or piano/mandolin/vocal. Then I invite ideas, after I offer my ideas of dynamics, phrasing, specific intro and coda ideas; places where we can 'breathe' the song as a band. We rehearse the song a couple times and then ideas may come to the players to offer other areas of interest to the live version. I'll rehearse six songs, have a break and rehearse several more. Each rehearsal is different. Yet, I will FEEL the band out, making sure I'm guiding the best flow of the energy. I do NOT allow for much riff riff, drinking too much and long breaks. All that takes away from the focus. Once the set list, or goal of the rehearsal is met, then I'll let us all let Loose and Chill afterwards. Work then Play. That's all. It makes for happier campers all around!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Sunflower Of My Dreams This song was multi-faceted; being that it was not just talking about a Higher aspect of a Love song; while all along it spoke of an evolved Divine Love. There was an ethereal moment of 'getting out of the way' as the writer and just letting the words 'happen'. It felt as though I had 'help' somehow writing this song, and strangely enough, it is a song that brings many tears to eyes, when sung, and it is also a song that is requested quite often.
What's coming up in the future?
I have been recording my ninth album at Warner/Chappel studios here on the famous 16th ave.nashville, TN; backed by the top studio musicians, for my desired Country/Americana album. My last CD's have been R&B; Pop/Reggae; Pop/ Rock; County. Each album provides treasures of listening for all, including insights of empowerment and food for thought.
Tell us where fans can access your music?